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By Shirwac Jama, Somalia
Former Prime Minister Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein Favored Dictatorship over Democracy in 1969. In 2004, he supports minority rule over democracy and federalism
I cannot say whether he changed over the recent years, but we can compare his past and present political mentalities and positions.
The former Prime Minister Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussien has been one of the youngest active members of the SYL during the struggle for Somalia’s independence.
Without an immense educational background, he had achieved a lot in becoming pime Minister of Somalia in 1964. He was known to be extremely divisive, stubborn, arrogant, and ambitious. In-addition Mr. Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein lacked ability to unite and solve conflicts in and out of Somalia’s political spectrum.
President Aden Abdulle at one time threatened to dismiss the parliament if Mr. Hussein was not confirmed as his PM by saying “if I nominate Habar Kuuley to become my prime minister you must approve her” After several unsuccessful attempts, Adan Abdulle was finally able to get Mr. Hussein approved to become his next prime minister.
As Prime Minister, Mr. Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussien in his revengeful nature continued to adopt divisive policies such as firing 100 senior government employees without proper cause and replacing them with his political cronies. Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein’s disapproval ratings in his own party (SYL) led to President Aden Abdulle to lose his second term bid by landslide majority to the slained President Abdulrashiid Ali Sharmarke in 1967.
Mr. Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein is a man who is known to hold grudges against his political opponents even after their death. Recent example is his blunt statement against the president of Somaliland Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Igal during his interview by the BBC Somali Section.
Immediately after his own party (SYL) voted him out of office, as a form of retaliation Mr. Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein formed his own party called Dabka. In his revengeful nature, he began to under-mine the leadership of the new democratically elected president Abdulrashiid Ali Sharmaarke and Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Igal. Some critics still blame him for the death of Sharmaarke, which subsequently encouraged the military to overthrow the democratically elected government.
Later, Mr. Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein has refused to lead or join the pro-democratic movements that began in the early 1970’s. Rather, Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein accepted to be on the payroll of the oppressive dictator. While all his pro-democratic colleagues have being executed or sent to long-term imprisonment, Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein continued to represent Siad Bare Regime as an ambassador to the United Nation and worked very diligently to support the dictator’s regime.
Now, Mr. Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein is hired as a free agent advocate and political consultant for the TNG leader, Abdulqasim Salad Hassan. The aping former prime minister Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussein began to attack in his articles our neighboring country Ethiopia, in-order to assist the TNG leader to receive financial concessions from Arab counties.
In conclusion, the aping former prime minister Abdulrasaaq Haji Hussien and his latest ill-written articles over the Internet demonstrates his divisiveness. He proposes a minority rule as a solution to Somalia’s political problems. He is even opposed to federalism in favor of totalitarianism. This type of narrow-mindedness will only drive Somalia to totalitarianism. I am convinced it will be a grave mistake to promote minority rule in Somalia. We must work together toward uniting the Somali people in-order to achieve our common objectives such as Justice and democracy for all. The majority should rule.